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Archive for January 2012

Happy Birthday, Minnie Driver

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Minnie Driver

Happy birthday, Minnie Driver.  I’m surprised that you haven’t packed your bags and moved to Canada since you won your Genie Award.  I’ve got a spare room.  I’ll wait for your call . . .

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January 31, 2012 at 4:21 pm

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Happy Birthday, Wilmer Valderrama

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Lindsay Lohan & Wilmer Valderrama

Happy birthday, Wilmer Valderrama.  Ah, the good old days, when Lindsay Lohan was a fresh-faced ingenue and you had a job . . .

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January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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Happy Birthday, Mary Katrantzou

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Mary Katrantzou

Happy birthday, Mary Katrantzou.  I wouldn’t be telling the truth if I told you that you’re the greatest thing to come out of Greece since the end of antiquity, because that honor goes to Nana Mouskouri.  Still, think you’re swell!

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January 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

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Expand Your Fashion Vocabulary #62

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CPO Jacket

CPO Jacket: CPO stands for Chief Petty Officer, which is a rank in the United States Navy. A  CPO jacket is a Navy inspired vintage jacket that was popular back in the 1960s  and 1970s.  Since then it has re-emerged on the market as a trendy type of coat (from eHow Style).

Regionally, the CPO jacket was also known by other names.  In the Canadian province of Alberta, for example, the CPO jacket was called a “freak jacket” or a “head jacket,” after the terms “drug freak” and “pot head.”  The jackets were worn mostly by small-time drug dealers along with moose-knuckle-tight jeans and AC/DC concert T-shirts in order to identify the wearer as a seller of marijuana or hashish.

Recently, the CPO jacket has undergone a stylish resurgence, worn by celebrities including Justin Bieber.

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January 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Happy Birthday, Sarah McLachlan

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Sarah McLachlan

Happy birthday, Sarah McLachlan.  According to your bio on Wikipedia, you also play the banjo.  So why are we still waiting for a new collection of banjo classics?  It’s time to give your fans what they want!

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January 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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Happy Birthday, Bridget Fonda

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Bridget Fonda

Happy birthday, Bridget Fonda.  I know that you haven’t made a film in years, but do you think that I might be able to coax you out of retirement if I named you the official celebrity spokesperson for Wear a Gown to Work Day 2012?  Think about it . . .

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January 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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An Ungaro Cover?

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Vogue Mexico

Check out the latest cover for “Vogue Mexico.”  That’s the gorgeous Constance Jablonski in a dress from the Emanuel Ungaro S/S 2012 collection.  I really liked this scarlet and turquoise section of the show.  Even though Giles Deacon had parted ways with the label only weeks before this dress hit the runway, I could see his influence on the collection.  And during this particular section, I felt as if the heritage of Ungaro was being mined in a manner that showed some promise for the future.

With the recent departure of even more executives, however, I suppose that the label is doomed.  I don’t know how one dress on the cover of an international version of “Vogue” could possibly turn around the fortunes of one of the most-mismanaged labels in fashion, but I kind of wish it would.  I also wish that Ungaro would make me their creative director because they couldn’t do worse, could they?  It’s not like I’m Lindsay Lohan or the creative team from Halston . . .

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January 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm